Coast Guard issues safety alert for VHFsPosted on
Certain models of Digital Selective Calling-equipped VHF radios will automatically switch from a working channel to channel 16 upon receipt of a DSC distress alert, distress alert acknowledgment and other DSC calls in which a channel number has been designated, according to a Coast Guard Safety Alert.
A navigation safety hazard may consequently occur if the radio is being used to maintain a listening watch or to communicate on the designated bridge-to-bridge radio-telephone or vessel traffic services monitoring channel.
Click here for updated information including a listing of manufacturers of radios believed to be affected.
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